Ex-Golden Boot winner insists rumoured asking price for Spurs target is ‘too much’

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Dom Le Roy

Former Sunderland striker, Kevin Phillips, has now argued that there is a lack of value for money in Tottenham’s rumoured pursuit of West Ham defender Issa Diop.

Diop is one of the many centre-halves who have been linked with a move to Spurs in North London this summer as they look to strengthen an underperforming back line.

TEAMtalk have installed the Lilywhites as favourites for the West Ham star’s signature in the summer and claimed that the Hammers might decide to cash in on him when the transfer market opens.

Foot Mercato reported last week that Spurs have been in constant contact with the Hammers to ask about the defender’s availability, with the club said to be demanding £52 million for the centre-back’s services.

Phillips has now insisted that the defender is not worth anywhere near that amount and that West Ham may be forced to lower their valuation due to the financial impact of the coronavirus.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former Golden Boot winner said: “£52 million is a lot of money (for Diop). I think that is too much.

“That is today’s inflation of prices but it will be interesting when we come back after all of this whether all clubs take a hit financially. There is a strong chance fees will not be as big as what we are all talking.

“He is a good player but is he worth that sort of money? He is not worth £52 million in my opinion. That is too much considering van Dijk went for £70 million.”

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There is no chance that Diop is going for anywhere near that price given the financial issues that clubs are facing. I suspect we have already given up on him and started looking elsewhere for a centre-half this summer.

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